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Security Aware Service Composition

Pino, Luca (2015). Security Aware Service Composition. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City University London)


Security assurance of Service-Based Systems (SBS) is a necessity and a key challenge in Service Oriented Computing. Several approaches have been introduced in order to take care of the security aspect of SBSs, from the design to the implementation stages. Such solutions, however, require expertise with regards to security languages and technologies or modelling formalisms. Furthermore, existing approaches allow only limited verification of security properties over a service composition, as they focus just on specific properties and require expressing compositions and properties in a model based formalism.

In this thesis we present a unified security aware service composition approach capable of validation of arbitrary security properties. This approach allows SBS designers to build secure applications without the need to learn formal models thanks to security descriptors for services, being they self-appointed or certified by an external third-party.

More specifically, the framework presented in this thesis allows expressing and propagating security requirements expressed for a security composition to requirements for the single activities of the composition, and checking security requirements over security service descriptors. The approach relies on the new core concept of secure composition patterns, modelling proven implications of security requirements within an orchestration pattern. The framework has been implemented and tested extensively in both a SBS design-time and runtime scenario, based respectively on Eclipse BPEL Designer and the Runtime Service Discovery Tool.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Doctoral Theses
School of Science & Technology > School of Science & Technology Doctoral Theses
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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